Dr. Franco published an article on GoodTherapy.org, discussing developmental trauma, emotional neglect, and body dysmorphia (BDD). Emotional neglect in childhood can lead to a person internalizing the idea that they’re not worthy of love and having intense feelings of shame.
Due to how body image is connected to self-esteem, this may develop into body dysmorphia, a disorder where they will become very upset about a minor body flaw that may not even be noticed by others. This triggers emotional distress and they may avoid social situations.
Some people who suffer from BDD may undergo cosmetic procedures to rid themselves of this minor flaw. However, as the root problem is the trauma, the person with BDD may simply find a different flaw to fixate on.
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